It's time for a puzzle submitted by a reader of this site. This comes from Matthew Daly (thanks!)
A word of caution, I haven't tested these myself - it's the lack of time thing. I'm sure Matthew will keep an eye on comments.
Next week I'll post Matthew's Solution.
Over to Matthew:
I'm awfully sorry, because I've been enjoying your site for some time now and ignoring your invitation to give something back in the form of our own puzzles.
1) tgodkanrnctiwsywhsnthibai 2a) tuaetaolmgdcbrhwoaoahylon 2b) otrnwdoueoerntnasewhtnthr
I took two of my favorite riddles and encrypted them, breaking the longer one in half. I used the same transposition scheme for all three pieces, so you may wish to take twenty-five strips of paper and write the n'th letter of each piece on a strip and then rearrange them to reform the riddles. Perhaps you may also find the relationship between the answer to the riddles and the encryption technique.
For people who need a little guidance, here is a hint in a much more familiar cipher:
D NQRZQ SODLQWHAW DWWDFN ZRXOG EH IUXLWIXO, KRSLQJ WR ILQG FRPPRQ ZRUGV LQ WKH ULGGOHV. IRU LQVWDQFH, RQH RI WKH SLHFHV FRQWDLQV WKH ZRUG 'BRX', 'DQG' LV LQ D GLIIHUHQW RQH, DQG WKH RWKHU KDV 'GRHV'.
As usual, a solution will appear on one week.